Category: Rule 5
Cachaça, Recipes, Rule 5

Festa Cocktail for an Olympic Alternative

Festa Cocktail Cachaca Display So you bought a bottle of Brazilian cachaça in honor of the Olympics, and while the Games are only three days old, you are already heartily sick of Caipirinhas. That bottle is sitting there on your home bar, taunting you. What are you going to do? I actually rather like cachaça, but it has always for me been a bit of a one-trick pony. While I like the spirit's signature drink, the Caipirinha quite a bit, and I've certainly blogged a fair bit back in the day about both spirit and cocktail, the prospect of a Caipirinha every night as I watch over-developed and under-clad swimmers, volleyball players, and gymnasts is a bit... underwhelming. I need another cachaça cocktail (at least) to mix in for my viewing pleasure.[caption width="2000" id="attachment_11354" align="aligncenter"]I was very sad to see the Swiss team lose. I'm not sure why... I was very sad to see the Swiss team lose. I'm not sure why...[/caption][caption width="2000" id="attachment_11355" align="aligncenter"]It's proof positive of the oppressive Patriarchy that we objectify peak physical conditioned female athletes, but never do that with men... wait... It's proof positive of the oppressive Patriarchy that we objectify peak physical condition female athletes, but never do that with the men... wait...[/caption] I thought about consulting my good friend and Brazilian bartender extraordinaire, Tony Harion. But if he is not far too busy during the games to advise me in a timely manner, these games are doomed. So I instead went to my best source for a new cocktail if I have some ingredient that is going begging, Martin Doudoroff's suite of Mixology Tech smartphone apps. In his Shaken And Stirred collection, I found this one by DrinkBoy, Robert Hess. It is easy, and it is delicious.
  • 2 oz. silver cachaça
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. St. George Raspberry Liqueur (or raspberry syrup)
  • 1/2 oz. Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur
  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and strain into a rocks glass filled with fresh ice.
The original recipe calls for raspberry syrup, but I don't keep that around, and I've had great success using St. George's stuff as a one-to-one substitute. The drink is quite tasty, and distinctively not a Caipirinha while keeping that gently harsh character that characterizes cachaça for me. Give it a try, and keep your bottle working throughout the Olympics! usa-usa-usaabc
Funny, Gin, Recipes, Rule 5, Tiki Month 2016

MxMo CVI: Rickey’s Gin Dugout

Rickeys Rum Dugout MxMo-Tiki-ThumbMixology Monday One Hundred and Six! This month's theme is "Spring Break". One of my favorite Twitter follows, Joel DiPippa, is hosting the rodeo this time around at the Southern Ash blog. The reasoning behind Joel's theme this month is similar to my rationale for having Tiki Month in February: We are done with Winter. Even a mild one like this one. (Shut up Washingtonians! You had it coming.) We are invited to present a liquid interpretation of what Spring Break means to us, to hurry along that blessed celebration of the return of Spring. So what does Spring Break mean to me? The classic, Hollywood-approved image of the holiday is of beach parties with people like this. [caption id="attachment_11022" align="aligncenter" width="750"]Sadly, all the ice in her Navy Grog seems to have melted... Sadly, all the ice in her Navy Grog seems to have melted...[/caption] Or these fine beach party goers... [caption id="attachment_11025" align="aligncenter" width="750"]You didn't think I'd get through a Tiki Month without a Rule 5 post, did you? You didn't think I'd get through a Tiki Month without a Rule 5 post, did you?[/caption] One more image of the classic Spring Break, because rule 5 posts at the Pegu Blog always serve up something for everyone: [caption id="attachment_11026" align="aligncenter" width="750"]I apologize to the ladies for that girl who is in the way... I apologize to the ladies for that girl who is in the way...[/caption] Do these images work for me? No. (Well...) By "no" I mean that I grew up on the beach. In the South. Beach vacations in March always seemed a bit silly to me, so I never partook in the whole "Mardi Gras outside Miami" thing. For me, the actual arrival of Spring is more associated with being able to get outside and (try to) hit the tennis ball. [caption id="attachment_11027" align="aligncenter" width="750"]Not pictured: Me Not pictured: Me[/caption] And my tennis drink, the single most refreshing sports beverage there is, is the venerable Gin Rickey. Gin, ice, soda. Done. It quenches thirst, drives away cramps, and softens the memory of that overhead you just butchered (possibly because this is your second Gin Rickey). But this MxMo comes in the middle of Tiki Month, so I've spent quite a bit of time figuring out how to make a Tiki Gin Rickey. (And figure out a good name that wasn't already cruelly plagiarized from me four years before I myself thought of it.) It is harder than it looks. Crossing a Rickey with a Tiki drink is a bit like crossing a peach with an aardvark. There isn't a lot of common ground. Rickey's are simple, clean, and strident. Tiki drinks are complex, indefinable, and melodious. I ended up keeping most of the clean simplicity of the Rickey, added a few classic Tiki background notes, and for judging purposes gave it the most ridiculously over the top presentation I could come up with.
  • 2 oz. Bombay Sapphire Gin
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. homemade falernum
  • 4 oz. Perrier
Cut a whole pineapple in half and very carefully hollow out the fruit. When you accidentally poke a hole in it anyway, discard and repeat with the other half of the pineapple. Fill with small or crushed ice. Build in gin, lime, and falernum. Top with Perrier and stir. Serve on a tray with sides to catch the spill if the pineapple rolls over.
Yes, it's ridiculous. But I couldn't shake the image of playing tennis in an Hawaiian shirt, then casually sipping from a pineapple half on changeovers... [caption id="attachment_11028" align="aligncenter" width="675"]"Man, could I use a Rickey's Rum Dugout right about now!" "Man, could I use a Rickey's Gin Dugout right about now!"[/caption] Now, the thing is, I succeeded beyond my expectations. This drink really kind of works, so I had to go back and do a practical version that you might make as something other than a lark. RRD
  • 2 oz. Bombay Sapphire
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. falernum
  • 1/4 oz. pulpy fresh pineapple juice
  • 4 oz. Perrrier
Build in an old-fashioned glass with a semi-circle of pineapple and crushed ice.
It's my first MxMo in ages, folks! I'll try to not be such a stranger. abc
Recipes, Rule 5, Whiskey

High Maintenance Loves: Whiskey Sour

[caption id="attachment_10915" align="aligncenter" width="447"]"This old thing? Just something I threw on..." "This old thing? Just something I threw on..."[/caption] There is a pretty wide range of hassle in making drinks. For every Jack and Coke, there is a seven ingredient monster that calls for a tincture of mistletoe harvested with a golden sickle and caught in a oaken bowl before it could hit the ground. At midnight. During a Full Moon. I don't care how transcendent the latter is, I'm not making it at home. Not to be all heteronormist here, but you marry the one and you date the other. Briefly. But, while at home I strongly favor drinks that make my life easy to make (there is a reason it is only Tiki Month once a year), there are a few high-maintenance gals that make the effort worthwhile. Exhibit A, in what I optimistically plan to become a series, is the Whiskey Sour. To much of the populace the Whiskey Sour is the sort of faceless drink that leathered old men in dive bars might nurse while watching the results roll in on closed-circuit from Aquaduct. And the Whiskey Sour in that mental picture is indeed no Kim Kardashian. You just slip some Jim Beam into a glass with some ice and a splash of sour mix and call it a day. And while this is a perfectly serviceable drink, it is not going to be a common tipple for the portion of the human race who have the knowledge to appreciate a really good cocktail. I am talking about this Whiskey Sour. Whiskey Sour This here is a high-maintenance cocktail, folks. Check out the recipe I use to see why.
  • 2 oz. low-premium bourbon (Four Roses Small Batch)
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz. not-quite-rich simple syrup (1.5:1)
  • 1 fresh egg white
Combine ingredients in an empty shaker. Insert the spring from a worn-out Hawthorne shaker, or the wire ball from a protein smoothie shaker. Seal well and shake vigorously for thirty to forty five seconds. Be careful, as the shaker can develop substantial pressure during this step as the foamy head forms out of the egg proteins. When using a Boston Shaker, it will often leak a little. Once you have formed the foam, open the shaker and add ice. Shake again until chilled. Strain into an old-fashioned glass with fresh ice cubes, or better yet a large chunk of ice. Garnish with a large strip of lemon zest.
For the home bartender, making a round of proper Whiskey Sours means a lot of cleanup. Eggs make a mess, and if you are smart you will clean the counters and your bar tools immediately, before you get to enjoy your cocktail. If you don't, you will have a royal pain of a cleanup. You also ought to take into consideration the tiny chance that those raw egg whites could make you sick. Wash your hands. Thoroughly. It takes at least twice as long to make one of these, than it does to whip up, say, a proper Daiquiri. [caption id="attachment_10918" align="aligncenter" width="236"]2130ed3af806629591d4d715e3f1abeb But is this high-maintenance beauty worth it?[/caption] Oh Lordy, yes. As you saw above, it is gorgeous. If "mouthfeel" was not a term already, you'd have to pretty much invent it to talk about the unctuous, rich texture of each sip on your tongue. The flavors last beautifully. You can easily adjust the ratio of ingredients to suit your personal tastes. (Mine runs to the sour side.) For spirits aficionados, the Whiskey Sour has the virtue of both making mediocre bourbon taste great, but still retaining the ability to showcase that much nicer bottle you got from your brother at Christmas.
Disclaimer: The Pegu Blog is not advocating making Whiskey Sours with that bottle of Pappy Van Winkle....
Make the Whiskey Sour a part of your regular rotation. It is worth hauling all those
Funny, Marketing, Rule 2, Rule 5, Rum, Spokescharacters

A Heartfelt Plea

Ron Jeremy just doesn't get any respect. This auteur is one of the most prolific actors and directors working in the cinema today. Not to mention the fact that his entire career is one huge blow after another to the pernicious "Lookism" so rampant in the Business. (And by The Business, I do mean The Industry!) Yet, despite these impeccable credentials as film master and social justice icon, and the fact that the evidence of his Jewish upbringing is both enormous and well-documented, the Canadian Powers That Be relentlessly refuse to allow his films to be shown at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival! The video above is Ron's heartfelt and subtle appeal for this ban to end, expressed in a short film, as befitting this heir to Orson Wells. Oh, and I continue to believe that Ron's ron, er, rum is under-appreciated as well. I'm actually serious here. Ron de Jeremy is not at all an all-purpose rum, but it honestly, no shit, makes a wonderful Rum Old Fashioned. And it has one of the more brilliant ad campaigns out there. I can't recommend visiting the website and exploring its offerings enough... especially once you are two or more drinks in. (H/T: Sploid)abc